Being able to swim from an early age can open the door to incredible experiences and it can save lives!

SPATA, the Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association, promotes swimming as both a leisure activity and a great form of exercise. They know that swimming has so many benefits, so they have some simple tips to keep safe while in the water.

There is nothing quite like getting out and swimming in a pool. However, whether it’s with friends or family, in a pool at home or abroad or enjoying a picnic by a river or swimming in a lake, it’s always important to keep safe.

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Under the National Curriculum, all children by the age of 11 years should be able to swim 25 metres unaided, ensuring they have some knowledge of safety in the water. It is always good to have competent swimmers at hand who can swim to an emergency if need be. Where possible, use a swim school so that your children can learn to swim correctly and safely. Key swimming organisations include or

Being able to swim from an early age can open the door to incredible experiences, time spent at a swim class as a child can bring years of new opportunities as you grow and develop. The ability to swim competently is essential for any water sports from diving, canoeing, jet skiing, snorkelling, rowing, kitesurfing and wakeboarding, the list goes on! And this vital life skill can be a regret for many adults who don’t learn to swim early in life!

Around 400 people needlessly drown in the UK every year and thousands more suffer injury, some life changing, through near-drowning experiences. Putting this into context, one person dies every 20 hours in the UK. Drowning is also the third highest cause of accidental death of children in the UK. So the need for children (and adults) to be competent and confident in and around water is essential.

To raise awareness of the importance of water safety, Drowning Prevention Week (18th -26th June 2016), the national campaign of drowning prevention charity the Royal Life Saving Society UK, aims to cut down the number of drowning and near-drowning incidences that happen in the UK every year.

SPATA offers tips on staying safe in and around water;

  1. Always check the depth of the water.

Shallow water can deepen suddenly, therefore if you are not a strong swimmer you should not swim out of your depth and set clear boundaries about where you will swim. Also, don’t jump or dive into water that you cannot see the bottom of, even if you swim there regularly. Rocks and debris could have moved in flowing water that will make it unsafe.

  1. Look out for weeds.

One or two weeds aren’t uncommon in slow flowing water, but a spaghetti-like forest can entangle a swimmer’s legs. Try to avoid them. If you do encounter some, slow your swim speed right down and either float using your arms to paddle or turn around slowly.

  1. Watch out for strong currents.

The best water has flowing currents and therefore you should be careful to judge the strength of the current to assess if you are a strong enough swimmer to deal with it. Always think about your escape route if you do get washed downstream.

  1. Don’t swim alone.

People should ideally swim where there are others to supervise them, as this may reduce the risk of drowning, as there will be someone to rescue or raise an alarm if a swimmer gets into difficulty.

For more tips and information on water safety and swimming pool usage, visit:





Editors Notes:

SPATA – The Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association, is a member of BSPF, the British Swimming Pool Federation Tel. 01264 356210


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Sallie Golding

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Are you ready to dive into swimming pool ownership? Or is a Hot Tub more your thing?

For those ready to purchase a hot tub, swim spa or swimming pool and confused by the amount of choice, the UK Wet Leisure Trade Associations SPATA and BISHTA can offer helpful advice for adding some healthy water fun to homes or gardens.

The summer months are the time to get out into the gardens of Britain, and this is the perfect time to look around and start thinking about some garden improvements. As well as the annual garden tidy up, it could be a chance to consider adding a hot tub, swim spa or even a new swimming pool, to improve life at home.

Swimming and other water-related activities are an easy and fun way for families to spend time together plus they are an excellent way to encourage children to be sporty and fit from a young age, as well as a great way of getting kids out in the fresh air, rather than being stuck indoors.

Adding something as eye-catching as a swimming pool or hot tub to a garden can create a holiday feel at home and a relaxing environment for entertaining. Best of all, these home additions can be tailored to suit any house and garden design, and can fit most budgets.

The Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association (SPATA) and The British and Irish Spa and Hot Tub Association (BISHTA) are the respective trade associations for swimming pools, hot tubs, swim spas and wellness products and services. Here they offer some top tips when buying a swimming pool or hot tub:

1.    Always choose a SPATA or BISHTA member so that you can be assured that your purchase will be built to industry standards. You may wish to check the company is a current member of either SPATA or BISHTA by contacting the office, or checking the relevant website – /

2.    Be sure you know what you want to use the equipment for and where you want it situated, as this will determine what to buy? If you just want to relax in some hot water, then a Hot Tub may be best, but if you want to swim, then either a swim spa or swimming pools will be better.

3.    Set a budget, but be prepared to be flexible if you find something that meets all your needs, but is slightly more than you had hoped. If you have a growing family, this is of particular importance.

4.    Ensure the contractor/supplier can show other examples of the type of pool, swim spa or hot tub that you want. Ask for past client referrals for their feedback on the contractors’ professionalism and ability to hit agreed deadlines.

5.    Find out if there are any Local Authority consents required (e.g. Planning, Building Regulations, etc.).

6.    Discuss the delivery and installation package with the supplier and ask who will be responsible for after-sales maintenance, service and check the warranties on the products.

7.    Find out what method of water treatment is proposed.

8.    Check your household insurance to see if you can extend your policy to cover your new pool, swim spa or hot tub.

9.    Visit or for helpful advice for buying and maintaining your new purchase

10.    Speak to your SPATA or BISHTA supplier about what safety equipment can be installed at the time of installation to protect your equipment and those who use it.

Adding fun, accessories and optional extras
A new pool, hot tub or swim spa needs to be as comfortable and attractive as possible, and there is an enormous selection of enhancements and labour-saving devices available on the market. These range from underwater lighting, automatic water top-up, counter current machines and automatic cleaners to diving boards, slides, special deck finishes and poolside furniture. Research what is available and choose the accessories and extras which suit your lifestyle to help you make the best use of your investment.

Research is essential and a well planned and installed pool, swim spa or hot tub, will give years of pleasure to for owners, their family, and friends as well as an excellent way to keep fit and healthy. Go on – take the plunge! Visit / and take the first step to making your dream a reality!

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